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AA: Apple iPod Turns Drivers Into Zombies
AA: Apple iPod Turns Drivers Into Zombies

The Apple iPod and iPhone are the root of more than a dozen accidents every day in the UK, and one insurance company says its nation's drivers are losing their grip on good driving thanks to "iPod oblivion." AA Insurance says drivers fall into a "zombie-like state" when using their Apple and other...Read More»

2010 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade A Beacon For Thieves, Says Insurance Data

If you plan to purchase a Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250 Crew Cab, Infiniti G37, or Dodge Charger Hemi, you might want to check in with your insurance agent first. Why? Because these vehicles have the highest theft rates (from inside, or of the vehicle itself) of any models one to three years old...Read More»

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For Older Drivers, Mental Workouts Help Reduce Accidents

Play a musical instrument? Take hikes on the weekend? Do the morning crossword puzzle? As odd as it might sound, any of these things might make you a better, safer driver. It found that simply getting a daily mental workout will help significantly reduce the chances of being in an accident. For a...Read More»

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Car Insurance Claims 101: Be an Informed Driver and Policyholder

What does it mean to file an auto insurance claim? When you file a car insurance claim, you are requesting reimbursement to help cover costs associated with a loss. That loss may be the result of a car accident, vandalism, theft or accidental damage. In return, you pay the deductible, which is an...Read More»

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Find Your Classic Car Match With Hagerty's Facebook App

Like Chinese drywall or that fifth Jello shot, Facebook apps often seem like a good idea at the time, but turn out to be a pain in the neck. Yesterday, we stumbled across an exception to that rule, and today, it looks as if we've found another in classic car insurer Hagerty and its CarMatch app...Read More»

2010 Honda Odyssey
2010 Honda Odyssey: Lowest Cost To Insure Among Minivans

The 2010 Honda Odyssey has the highest entry price of the mainstream minivans, yet it costs the least to insure. This tidbit comes as just another reminder that the cost of a model—even the cost of fixing that model—doesn't matter nearly as much as the profile of the typical driver for that...Read More»

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Jeep Wrangler: Camping Pros And Cons

In the past, the Jeep CJ (Civilian Jeep) has been known for its incredible abilities to perform well off-road, even in tough situations like WWII. The live axles that the SUV uses at both the front and the rear give it the extra capability to drive in rough terrain such as mud, the woods, or even...Read More»

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If Planning Insurance Fraud, Don't Upload Video to YouTube

Oh, those crazy kids. They do a little nighttime street racing on a mountain road. They manage to wreck their 2009 Nissan GT-R performance coupe. Then they file a seemingly inaccurate insurance claim saying the car was damaged in a collision on the I-10 freeway. There's just one little problem: A...Read More»

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Louisiana, Michigan Found Most Expensive For Auto Insurance

Louisiana has the highest average auto-insurance rates in the U.S. With an average annual premium of about $2,511, the bayou state beats second-place Michigan by more than $400 annually, according to a new Insure.com study. Blame Hurricane Katrina, at least in part. According to insurance experts...Read More»

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Dangerous Drivers: Government, Desk Jobs Top Insurance List

If you're concerned about staying safe and keeping your insurance rates low, the parking lots surrounding banks and courthouses are probably not the best places to be. So say findings from the insurance comparison-shopping site Insurance.com. If you're a lawyer, you're much more likely to have made...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy: Better Bumpers Cut Repair Costs, Says IIHS

The stylish and delicate-looking front and rear bumper areas of most new vehicles are, just as they appear, damage-prone and expensive to fix, even from minor parking-lot-speed impacts. However the new 2010 Subaru Legacy fares well; in the latest round of bumper evaluations from the Insurance...Read More»

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SFPD To Go Lightly On Drivers Without Licenses, Ruckus Ensues

Many police departments around the U.S. impound the cars of drivers caught behind the wheel without a license. But starting Sunday, San Francisco plans to abolish that policy, calling it unfair to illegal immigrants. Mayor Gavin Newsom, police chief George Gascón, and supervisor David Campos...Read More»

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Car Thefts Down Again—To A 20-Year Low

We have some good news. Even last year's start of the recession wasn't enough to reverse the downward trend in auto theft. The number of registered vehicles in the U.S. has doubled over the past 20 years, yet the overall vehicle theft rate has fallen—12.7 percent just from 2007 to 2008. According...Read More»

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Deer Season, Deer Danger: Stay Safe With These Tips

It's deer season. Whether or not you knew that, or even care, you should consider that this is the time of the year when—as the weather changes, hunters are chasing whitetail, and deer are, um, mating—your chances of hitting one of these animals is much higher. Typically, more than half of all...Read More»

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Friday Flashback: Relive The Fun Of Your Driving Exam!

For some of us, it's hard to recall the specifics of our driving exams. They were the cause of so much excitement and nervousness, and so much hung in the balance -- our teenage cool cred! -- that memories begin to blur. But, of course, we all remember the written rules of the road...right? Just to...Read More»

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Midsize Sedans Earn Low Ratings In Fender-Bender Tests

A couple of months ago, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted fender-bender tests on a handful of minicars and subcompacts. The results weren't encouraging, with most scoring poorly, and only a few landing in the "acceptable" range. Now, the IIHS has conducted a second battery of...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Hybrid Drivers More Ticket- and Accident-Prone

Quite a few big-name auto insurers have been giving hybrid owners a discount on their premium. But those deals might not last much longer; as an insurance data-analysis firm points out, the insurance industry could be losing big because of this. The surprising result: Hybrid drivers typically drive...Read More»

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Middle American Drivers Safer, Virginians Most Improved

If you're in Sioux Falls, Fort Collins, or Chattanooga, your chances of colliding with another vehicle are a lot lower than in most other U.S. cities. The spread is substantial. The typical driver in Sioux Falls will go 13.5 years between collisions; that's more than two and a half times as long as...Read More»

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Tough-Lux: 2009 Hummer H2 And 2009 Range Rover Among Most Expensive To Insure

You might be able to swing quite a deal today on one of the most luxurious off-road-worthy barges, but be prepared to pay extra—over and over again—in your insurance premiums. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, 2009 Hummer H2, and 2009 Range Rover rank as the most expensive SUVs to insure...Read More»

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